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Special Report: Millions of abandoned oil wells are leaking methane, a climate menace

By Hillebrand Steve, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service -, Public Domain, –

More than a century of oil and gas drilling has left behind millions of abandoned wells, many of which are leaching pollutants into the air and water.  And drilling companies are likely to abandon many more wells due to bankruptcies, as oil prices struggle to recover from historic lows after the coronavirus pandemic crushed global fuel demand, according to bankruptcy lawyers, industry analysts and state regulators.